Whilst walking along the Lancashire Coastal Way at Cockerham Sands we were lucky enough to see robins along the hedgerows. As my friends and family will tell you, I love robins and so seeing them gave me a great excuse to create this page.

The background is covered with a script decoupage paper and is stuck down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Next I ripped pieces of a blue decoupage paper and stuck them to the page, and then I layered another piece of the same blue paper on the top to give more depth and dimension. Next I added ripped pieces of a music note design paper by Craft Sensations and edged them with a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker, sticking them down with a UHU Stic. The music washi tape reminds me of the robin’s song that we heard on our walk and also matches the quote I used for my page. Next I used a stencil to create the leaves; I did this by using the same music note design paper, stamping a circular geometric shape using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink through the stencil onto it and outlining the edge of the leaf design with a Chocolate Spectrum Aqua marker. Then I removed the stencil, fussy cut the leaves and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried, I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen. The beautiful quote is a rub-on transfer by Royal & Langnickel. To finish the background I added splatters of black acrylic paint. The spade handle is fussy cut from a calendar and I coloured it with Spectrum Aqua markers and added more detail with the black Uni Pin marker. The stem of flowers is a chipboard embellishment which I stuck to the page using a UHU Stic.

To make the robin, I cut a robin shape from a piece of card and collaged leftover pieces of paper over the top to create the feather design, keeping the paper pieces in place using matte gel medium. I stuck the papers so they overhung the edges of the card and when the glue had dried I cut around the bird shape to give a clean finish. I used Spectrum Aqua Markers to add detail to the feathers and colour the robin’s legs. I then edged the robin with the grey Big Brush marker and coloured the eye using a black 3D Pearl Effect by Dovecraft and then Glossy Accents by Ranger. I also added a white dot to the top of the eye with the white gel pen. I love the way this robin turned out and this is a great way to use up all those little bits of papers you have leftover. Although it’s a bit fiddly arranging the papers, I think the result is beautiful.

I’m also pleased to join Gill who is hosting the “Elegance and Grunge” theme over at Art Journal Journey.

We walked along part of the Lancashire Coastal Way towards Cockerham Sands, which is close to Cockersand Abbey.

We saw this robin on our walk, he was sitting on a post and looking at us over his shoulder.

He lives in a beautiful spot at Cockerham Sands overlooking the estuary of the River Lune leading to Glasson Dock.

On the beach front there are quite a few farms and we saw this anchor sitting in one of their gardens.

Doesn’t this rusty buoy look fabulous looking out at that wonderful view!

Here’s a close up especially for Elizabeth as I know she loves all things rusty.

Talking of Elizabeth, as T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing the green tea we had after our walk and saying a big hello to the T Gang!

We went to the Lantern O’er Lune café again and if you’re good you can have something from the Naughty Board (grin!).

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Crimson, Burgundy, Spice, Fawn, Chocolate, Charcoal, Slate)
  • Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Set (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Design papers – leftovers
  • White card
  • Trimcraft (Decoupage papers SCDEC064)
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • RSPB Calender – old
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (Assorted Black & White 5971471007)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY506 Rub-on)
  • Craft Sensations (Chipboard Embellishments 154887)
  • Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects (Brights – Black)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

44 thoughts on “Robin

  1. Wonderful post, love the journal page, especially the lovely collaged robin. We had a robin flying around in the canteen at the clinic today! Gorgeous photos, you took a beautiful walk. Have a good week and happy T day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh my gosh – I am totally in love with your wonderful paper piecing and appliqué Robin and am thrilled about the page – so happy to have it linked to the Elegance & Grunge theme Jo!
    Thank you! The photos are so beautiful–what a fantastic place for a walk and the Robin photo is GORGEOUS as well ( I love them too)… fantastic rusty buoy– the texture you show in the close-up is amazing!
    The Lantern O’er Lune looks like an interesting restaurant !
    Thank you for always taking me to such intersting places and restaurants!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  3. i´m in love with this Robin!! it turned out fantastic.
    and i see you have a weak spot for this rusty stuff to photograph, too. would have been exactly my motifs!!
    happy t-day and have a great week!!

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  4. Your collaged robin is terrific, and I love your whole piece. What a lot of detail you put into your pieces. You do have a wonderful range of places to visit, including the fabulous places to eat.
    I think I’ll have the chocolate fudge cake, thanks.

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    • Many thanks Sheila! This was a new technique so I was really pleased with how the robin turned out 🙂 . Great choice, would you like your chocolate fudge cake warm or cold and with cream or ice cream or both … lol! Wishing you happiness this week my dear friend! J 🙂


  5. Its a gorgeous page Jo, I love the way you collaged the sweet robin.
    Super photos from you walk, it looks like you had lovely weather and views.
    Happy T day.
    Were you tempted to something from the naughty board? I think I may have been.
    Yvonne xx

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    • It was very tempting but we refrained as we were full up after we had our usual Cumberland sausage panini and chips and we wanted to ensure we could have an ice cream from a great ice cream shop on the way home which is very naughty … lol 🙂 . Thanks so much and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂


  6. Jo, when I read your first line, I felt like I had just opened a wonderful novel. “The song of a robin is an angel’s voice in the garden ” – is that a quote from someone or your own? Either way, It’s a charming thought. I love how you constructed the bird for your page. I also love the photo of the robin you caught!

    The “Naughty Board” made me giggle.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  7. I fell in love with your paper pieced robin. That was an amazing feat, and you made it look PERFECT. I am so in awe of both the bird and the entire journal entry.

    Yes, my heart went pitter-patter when I saw that rusty buoy. It is a beauty, and of course, the up close view was out of this world.

    The teapot and matching cups were gorgeous. I was really impressed with the way you seem to avoid the naughty board. Not sure I could resist the carrot cake.

    Thanks for sharing your walk along the estuary, the incredible art journal page with the beautiful robin, the rusty bits, your green tea for two, and the naughty board with us for T this Tuesday.

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  8. Naughty board-ha ha!! Your robin collage is absolutely wonderful Jo!! Lovely layers and details. Your robins look much different than ours in the US. And it goes without saying how much I love the scenic waterway photos. Happy T day!

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  9. I love the robin you made. So beautiful. My comment is the same as Linda’s the robins here in the northeast US where I live, look very different from your robin. Beautiful scenery and beaches, too. And I’ve never seen a robin at the beach. I think the robins here are mostly woodland and meadow birds.
    The Naughty Board made me laugh, and if I were there, I’d be very naughty. So many choices to make. Happy T Day

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    • The robins look very different and are not related, they are much bigger in America because I believe they are a thrush 🙂 . The robins here are found in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens, I guess we were lucky to see them on the fence line of the beach and estuary as it bordered farmland and open countryside 🙂 . It’s good to be naughty sometimes … lol! Thank you and Happy T day! J 🙂


  10. A fabulous page and the collaged Robin looks amazing, such gorgeous details. Great pictures from your walk looks like a beautiful day. Hope you had something from the Naughty Board – looks very tempting.
    Avril xx

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    • It was a beautiful day for walking, we had a lovely time! The robin took some time to create and I really enjoyed collaging the pieces to create the feathers 🙂 . I didn’t have something from the Naughty Board this time … lol … although I must have still been good as I was treated to an ice cream instead … lol! Have a great week! J 🙂


  11. Great post as always. The artwork piece is fantastic and the way you did the robin is amazing

    The walk looks like a great place to go so must investigate that as we will be in Lancashire later this month.

    Happy T Day and keep smiling

    Love Chrissie xx

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  12. Your robin collage is beautiful. So much love went into that. I can see you love robins. But the photo of the real one was even more spectacular. What a beauty! Well shot!
    Thank you for taking us to the whatsit o’er Lune cafe. Oooo, I would be heading straight for the naughty board! Especially after a walk because I tell myself I deserve it. Yumm.
    Thank you for your answer on our private communication. We have UK phones that we use when in the UK. Nearer the time we will exchange phone numbers if you are ok with that.
    Happy T day,

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    • Many thanks Lisca! We enjoyed our walk and always look forward to visiting this cafe as we work on the principle we deserve it too … lol 🙂 . That works for me, take care and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂


  13. What a great post Jo – the rusty buoy was cool, loved the colours and textures – looked like it could have come from outer-space. That ‘ Naughty list’ was very yummy too – and, unless I missed it, I didn’t see what you confessed to having mmm 🙂
    But my favourites today – your lovely Robin photo and your amazing Robin collage – I love LOVE those. You always have such wonderful details but think you have excelled yourself with this – he is so beautiful – love everything – so clever how you did the feet too – so happy you linked this to AJJ thank you… hope you have a great day Gill xx.

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    • Well I didn’t have anything off the Naughty Board this time … lol … but the ginger and lemon cake is scrummy … lol! It was a sunshiny day so I was promised ice cream instead on the way home which maybe even naughtier … lol! The robin turned out better than I imagined, I’m so pleased with it. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and wishing you a great week too! J 🙂


  14. Jo that robin is a masterful piece of art work! Just gorgeous! And i just love it when you take us out and about.. I get to see things i would otherwise not get to see in my lifetime… Thank you so much! Happy T day hugs!! deb

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  15. I love seeing Robins – one is a regular visitor and sits on the rails to our decking looking in at us! Your page is fabulous and your little Robin looks amazing! We have still to get to walk in that area. …and call in to the Lantern O’er Lune cafe! Happy T day! Chrisx

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 . That anchor and buoy were huge, although thinking about it I think​ that your garden would be big enough … lol! You are very welcome, I always enjoy visit your blog 🙂 . Wishing you a great week! J 🙂


  16. We have robins year-’round here, and they are favorites with us. They are teaching their young ones how to use the suet feeder. Lots of fun to watch.

    It looks like you found a great place to stop for tea after your walk. 🙂 Happy late T Day!

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